Vidalia posts district win over McCall

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 16, 1999

VIDALIA, La. -&160;It took Vidalia High’s offense a full quarter to get going Friday night. Fortunately, the Viking defense used two goal line stands to keep McCall from getting anything going. When the Viking offense finally did get going, there was no stopping the Big Blue Machine, as the Vikings rolled to a 38-8 win over McCall.

&uot;This is getting a little old,&uot; Vidalia coach Dee Faircloth said of his team’s slow starts during the season. &uot;We better start coming out smoking or it’s going to catch up with us.&uot;

Vidalia improved to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in District 3-2A.

Email newsletter signup

After losing three yards on its first possession, Vidalia’s Rod Donald recovered a McCall fumble on the Viking 26.

Facing fourth-and-16, Dariel Mays appeared to be stopped short of the first, but dragged three Dragon defenders six extra yards for the first down.

A 12-yard pass from Jarrett Hoffpauir to a diving Rod Donald put the Vikings at the Dragon three. Three plays later, Hoffpauir went in from the one. Hoffpauir to Donald put the Vikings up 8-0 with 4:15 remaining in the first quarter.

McCall came back strong as Jermaine O’Neal put the Dragons on the Vikings 6-yard line. But O’Neal was stopped on fourth-and-goal at the Vidalia 1 by Justin Seals and Jason Jordan.

Vidalia stopped McCall on the Viking 4-yard line late in the second quarter.

&uot;Those were big for us,&uot; Faircloth said. &uot;If they had gone in with the first one, they would have picked up some momentum. Those were crucial stops.&uot;

Three long runs by Mays moved the ball to the McCall 44 where Hoffpauir lofted a pass to a wide open Chris Kennedy who raced into the end zone for a 14-0 Viking lead.

&uot;It took us a while to settle down,&uot; Donald said. &uot;We just had different people picking each other up.&uot;

Vidalia went up 22-0 midway through the second quarter as Mays scored on a 13-yard run and Hoffpauir ran in the conversion.

After Vidalia stopped McCall with its back to its own end zone, Mays went 75 yards as the Vikings went into the dressing room with a 30-0 lead. A 30-yard touchdown pass from Hoffpauir to Donald was called back just before half.

Mays, who entered the game 1,223 yards on the season, finished with 210 yards on 19 carries.

Vidalia’s only touchdown of the second half came on a 3-yard pass from Hoffpauir to Leren Curry. Mays ran in the conversion.

McCall avoided the shutout as Antonio Martin went in from nine yards out with 9:45 remaining.